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Xiaomi explains why its next flagship is called Mi 8 and not Mi 7

Xiaomi says the Mi 8 will bring huge improvements in terms of technology.

  • Published: May 24, 2018 4:07 PM IST
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Xiaomi is set to launch its Mi 8 flagship smartphone at an event in Shenzhen on May 31. The launch will be the biggest from the company yet since it marks its 8th anniversary in the smartphone business. The leaks so far indicate Xiaomi’s launch event will see at least 5,000 people in attendance, and it is expected to launch the Mi 8, and Mi Band 3. It will also unveil MIUI 10. Also Read - Redmi K30S could be a Xiaomi Mi 10T with a new name, suggest leaks

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Interestingly, the company was initially expected to launch the Mi 7 and Mi 8 flagship devices at the event. Now, the Chinese smartphone maker has confirmed in a Weibo post that it will launch the Mi 8 and not Mi 7. In fact, it is skipping the Mi 7 name altogether, and says the Mi 8 brings such a huge improvement over last year’s Mi 6 that it decided to skip the number 7, and jump straight to 8. Also Read - Flipkart starts Dussehra Specials sale: Big deals on Realme C3, iPhone 11 Pro, Poco M2, Redmi 8A and more

The ‘Mi 8’ branding also resonates more with the 8th anniversary of the company. It is now clear that Xiaomi is calling its next flagship as Mi 8, and not Mi 7 because of practical reasons and to symbolically represent the 8th anniversary of the company. The Mi 8 is expected to be the most premium device yet from the company, and is expected to feature metal and glass design similar to other flagships in the market. Xiaomi might also launch a variant with ceramic back similar to its Mi MIX 2S flagship smartphone.

The Mi 8 is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB storage. The smartphone will bring two new technologies including an under-display fingerprint sensor and 3D facial scanning. The leaks so far indicate that Mi 8 will get an under-display fingerprint sensor similar to one found on Vivo X21 UD.

It is also getting 3D facial recognition system with dedicated sensors including a flood illuminator and dot projector similar to Apple’s Face ID. The reports originating from China citing sources familiar with Samsung’s plans say that the company is preparing to show its own Face ID rival that will use similar technology and offer secure facial unlock on the device. It will also feature a wider notch compared to other Android smartphones in the market.

Watch: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S First Look Video

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has already confirmed that it will introduce multiple products during the event. The company is expected to release Mi Max 3, the third-generation smartphone aimed at those looking for a large display and huge battery to get them through several days on a single charge. The smartphones could be accompanied by Mi Band 3, the third-generation fitness tracker from the company.

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  • Published Date: May 24, 2018 4:07 PM IST


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